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Private Samuel KEMP, G/15245,  6th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 9th April 1917.

Born Gislingham, Suffolk, son of Robert & Sarah Kemp.


1911 Census - High Street, Gislingham, near Eye, Suffolk - Robert Kemp, head, age 58, married, labourer, farm, worker, born Rickinghall, Suffolk; Sarah Kemp, wife, age 51, married 32 years, 10 children, 9 still alive, born Rickinghall, Suffolk; Alice Mary Kemp, daughter, age 29, single, help, born Rickinghall, Suffolk; James Kemp, son, age 28, single, labourer, farm, worker, born Rickinghall, Suffolk; Arthur C Kemp, son, age 21, single, Railway Employ, worker, born Rickinghall, Suffolk; George Kemp, son, age 15, single, labourer, farm, worker, born Gislingham, Suffolk; Willie Kemp, son, age 18, single, labourer, farm, worker, born Gislingham, Suffolk; Samuel Kemp, son, age 13, house boy for odd work, born Gislingham, Suffolk; Harry F Kemp, son, age 10, school, born Gislingham, Suffolk; Mary J Kemp, daughter, age 3, born Gislingham, Suffolk.


Enlisted Eye, Suffolk, age 18 years 10 months, height 5ft 4½ inches, weight 119lbs, lost right little finger, slight bow legs. Resided Rectory Gates, Gislingham, Suffolk. Formerly labourer.

Home 16th February 1916 to 12th September 1916; BEF 13th September 1916 to 9th April 1917.

16th February 1916, enlisted; 17th February 1916, to Army Reserve; 12th May 1916, mobilized; 16th July 1916, Shoreham-by-Sea, overstaying his pass from 12.00 midnight until 2.30pm 17th July 1916, 1 day confined to Barracks, forfeits one days pay; 18th July 1916, Shoreham-by-Sea, not parading with a rifle when ordered to do so at 8.45am & 19th July 1916, dirty boots on Parade at 6.4am, 4 days confined to Barracks; 17th August 1916, Shoreham-by-Sea, overstaying his pass from 12.00 midnight until 8.15pm on 18th July 1916, 5 days confined to Barracks; 1st September 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th September 1916, posted BEF; 13th September 1916, embarked; 29th September 1916, joined Battalion In the Field.

6th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Mother, Sarah Kemp, Rectory Gates, Gislingham, Suffolk; Brothers - Arthur Robert Kemp, age 40, Green Lane, Finningham; James Kemp, age 36, Mill Street, Gislingham, Eye; Willie Kemp, age 26, Park Row, Knaresbrough; Arthur Kemp, age 30,  High Street, Gislingham, Eye; Harry F Kemp, age 19, Rectory Gates, Gislingham, Suffolk; Sisters - Alice M Walton, age 38, High Street, Gislingham, Eye; Annie E Smith, age 32, Railway Cottage, Finningham.

Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Bay 7, France.


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